Kids movies for the holidays

by DaniGirl on November 7, 2010 · 6 comments

in Fun for kiddies

Last week in the mail, I got an unsolicited and unexpected DVD screener of the movie Ramona and Beezus. There was no cover letter, just the DVD in an envelope. I wasn’t even sure if it was the trailer or the full movie until we popped it in the DVD player and started it up.

Turns out it was the full movie, and the boys watched it with Beloved while I popped out on my weekly grocery run. I wasn’t sure how engaged a six- and eight-year-old boy would be by what seemed to me to be a “girl” movie (I have vague memories of reading Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books when I was a kid) but they really enjoyed it. Tristan’s only complaint, lodged before I had finished hauling my grocery booty into the kitchen, was that there were FOUR kissing scenes. Apparently, in addition to warnings about violence, nudity and language, there should be a “kissing scene” warning banner prominently displayed on all movies.

I’m grateful for the free movie that was perfectly timed to follow a marathon two-hour outside play session, and which contributed to a rather perfect and laid-back Saturday at our place, and I’d like to pass on the favour. It doesn’t come with a box and Lucas tore up the sleeve it came it, but if you’d like the screener DVD, let me know in the comment box. First asker gets it! I’ll mail it to you this week, and while there is no obligation to do so, it would be lovely if you passed it on to someone else when you’re done.

If you’re looking for a really wonderful movie for school-age boys or girls, I highly recommend Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It’s one of those rare kid movies that are not just tolerable but quite enjoyable for grown-ups too. The boys have been reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books on and off for most of the year, and “cheese touch” is a perpetually-played game around here that tends to break out during walks home from school and the giggly time between bath and bedtime.

Myself, I’m looking forward to getting the DVD box set of all three Toy Story movies for the boys for Christmas. Beloved and the big boys saw Toy Story 3 in the theatre, but I haven’t seen it yet. I’ve been warned to have a hankie on hand when I do!

Seen any good kid movies lately?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lee-Ann Sleegers November 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

Would love this movie Dani. Definitely something me and Rachel can watch together but maybe we can get Richard to watch it with us. I’m sure I have several friends I could share it with as well.

2 Sara November 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

On movie night, our selection is inevitably narrowed to Bolt or Madagascar. IMHO Bolt is the clear winner. Even after seeing it 30 times.

3 DaniGirl November 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

It’s yours Lee-Ann! πŸ™‚

Sara, I haven’t seen Bolt yet — heard it’s cute. Sounds like another good Saturday afternoon movie pick. πŸ™‚

4 Finola November 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Oh Dani, watch it yourself before you pass it on. Yes, it’s that good! I think Tony and I liked it as much as my daughters did. Plus there is hunky Aidan in it from Sex and the City!!

5 Tracy November 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Ohh guys, if you want a hankie needing movie to watch with the kids, I say rent/buy/borrow how to train your dragon… I cried like a fool πŸ™‚

6 TreZ Unique November 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

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